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CRITERIA FOR THE MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD: This award is given to journalists or other representatives of the media whose work achieves the highest standards of excellence in addressing the issues of violence against women.  Accomplishing this goal requires pursuing the facts diligently to ensure that they accurately portray the real-world dynamics of violence against women, and the personal experiences of those whose lives are devastated by sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking.  Because the issues are complex, and often misunderstood by professionals and the public alike, representatives of the media who strive to “get the story right” often face an uphill battle of generating interest in the topic, sustaining support to follow it through, and reaching a wide and diverse audience with the information.  Those who truly create a lasting impact then push beyond the “story,” to work collaboratively with professionals in their community who serve the needs of victims and pursue offender accountability.  Because their work can alter the landscape of societal attitudes toward women, award recipients have the potential to truly change the world -- by helping to prevent violence against women and respond appropriately when it does occur.
 
2017 Media Excellence Award
Presented to T. Christian Miller
For his work as a ProPublica journalist, writing a number of exceptional articles on sexual assault, with a particular focus on the law enforcement investigation and prosecution. In this work, he explores the dynamics and outcomes of sexual assault across a broad spectrum, not just high profile cases. While reporting these stories, Mr. Miller exhibited a deep respect for experts in the field and consistently broadened his perspective to incorporate increasing levels of complexity and nuance.
Award presented at the 2017 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Systems Change, April 18 - 20, 2017, at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, FL.
2016 Media Excellence Award
Presented to Jon Krakauer
For his most recent book, a New York Times best-seller, entitled Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. This well-researched and written piece follows the Department of Justice's investigation of 350 sexual assaults reported in Missoula from 2008 to 2012, illuminating the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape. The book helps explain why sexual assault remains the most under-reported crime in America, despite devastating and long-lasting effects.
Award presented at the 2016 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Engaging Men & Boys, March 22-24, 2016, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.
2015 Media Excellence Award
Presented to John D. Sutter
For his CNN Change the List piece entitled: The Rapist Next Door. In 2013, more than 30,000 CNN.com readers voted for John Sutter to cover five social justice issues as part of his Change the List project. Rape in the United States was the second of five issues selected for the series. The story offers an extraordinary presentation of facts, and holds great potential to create public awareness to impact both policy and community resources that could revolutionize the quality of life and basic humanity - in Alaska and beyond.
Award presented at the 2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses, April 7 - 9, 2015, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA
2014 Media Excellence Award
Presented to Cara Courchesne
For her vision and partnership, working together to create groundbreaking changes in the media coverage of gender-based violence in Maine and beyond. Cara's leadership has inspired advocates, journalists, and others from across the country to join hands and follow her lead – to dismantle the cultural supports for violence against women, raise awareness of its devastating impact, and fuel the movement for positive change. Cara is a champions on behalf of survivors everywhere.
Award presented at the 2014 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking, April 22 - 24, 2014, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA.
2014 Media Excellence Award
Presented to Erin Rhoda
For her vision and partnership, working together to create groundbreaking changes in the media coverage of gender-based violence in Maine and beyond. Erin's leadership has inspired advocates, journalists, and others from across the country to join hands and follow your lead – to dismantle the cultural supports for violence against women, raise awareness of its devastating impact, and fuel the movement for positive change. Erin is a champions on behalf of survivors everywhere.
Award presented at the 2014 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking, April 22 - 24, 2014, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA.
2013 Media Excellence Award
Presented to Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
For creating the film that has brought unprecedented attention to the problem of sexual assault within the U.S. military which helped to strengthen reform efforts within the military’s criminal justice and community response systems.
Award presented at the 2013 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking, April 3 - 5, 2013, at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.
2012 Media Excellence Award
Presented to Lamar Advertising
By donating valuable media space on roadside billboards, Lamar Advertising has helped to reach communities with the critical message to “Start by Believing" when a loved one discloses a sexual assault. This supportive response helps survivors to reach out for the help they need. With every single person impacted by this message, you have helped to create a long-lasting legacy of positive change.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Stalking Conference, April 2-4, 2012 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California.
2011 Media Excellence Award
Presented to Rachel Dissell
For achieving the highest standards of excellence in addressing the issues of violence against women. By accurately portraying the dynamics of sexual violence and the devastating impact on victims, she has altered the landscape of societal attitudes. By working collaboratively with professionals in her community she has helped to create a legacy of lasting, positive change.
Award presented at the International Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Conference, held April 11-13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
 
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